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Old Wednesday 29th September 2010, 23:37   #1
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Large Black Bird, Yellow beak

I'm in B.C. Canada and saw several 4 ft shiny black birds at the edge of a canyon with a River running way below. They were standing on a cliff looking at me. Their yellow beaks were curved and kinda long. Do you know what kind of bird this would be? Thanks
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Old Thursday 30th September 2010, 00:11   #2
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Welcome to Birdforum. The only thing that I can think of that comes close is turkey vultures, but you might be on the edge of their northern range there.

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Old Thursday 30th September 2010, 00:21   #3
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Turkey Vulture was my first guess as well but the yellow beak was throwing me but it could have been the way the sun was hitting it.

Does it look anything like this? Turkey Vulture
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Great Cormorant? Beak itself not yellow, but the skin at the base of it is and can give that impression.
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Great Cormorant? Beak itself not yellow, but the skin at the base of it is and can give that impression.
Yes, I like that idea better (although it would more likely be double-crested). It works with the river and the larger size as well.

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Great Cormorant would be way out of range in B.C.
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Cormorant seems plausible. I would suggested Double-crested Cormorant which are just a tad under 3 ft long.
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